Was a summer tan part of your childhood? It was for mine. When I was younger, I could tan in the summer and by winter my skin was back to its normal color. As I aged, I noticed my skin would start to take on a dirty appearance near the end of summer, even without me trying to get any sun. There is a saying in the beauty business called “getting Colorado off your face.” What that refers to is the brown spots and red discoloration so often seen on adults, particularly in Colorado due to our elevation and active lifestyles. So, if you are seeing Colorado on your face, what should you do about it?
As a Nurse Aesthetician who has been doing skin care for over 20 years, the first thing I am going to suggest is keeping your skin protected with products such as sunblock and topical Vitamin C. Most people have become very aware of the benefits of wearing sunblock and most know that reapplying every two hours while in the sun is a must. Vitamin C has historically been used as an antioxidant that helps protect against sun damage, lighten skin pigment and boost collagen. It is always better to prevent damage than to have to repair it. But, if the damage has already occurred what is the best way to get it off?
There are multiple procedures to help lighten the skin. Some are deep and take weeks to heal, some are shallow and require many treatments. One of the quickest, easiest and affordable ways to lighten brown spots, improve fine lines and soften texture is with a combination of IPL and chemical peel.
IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light. It is a light-based treatment that penetrates the brown spots and causes the pigment to shatter. Using an IPL first helps break up the brown spots while the chemical peel helps to shed them away. Skin will be glowing and radiant in a week to ten days. Makeup can be worn after the treatment. Artistry Skin and Laser has several peels that can accommodate all skin types. Free consultations and expert opinion is always available.